Mitch Green

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Mitch Green
Statistics
Real nameMitchell Green
Nickname(s)Blood
Rated atHeavyweight
Height6 feet 5 inches
NationalityAmerican
Born(1957-01-13) January 13, 1957 (age 57)
Augusta, Georgia, USA
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights27[1]
Wins19
Wins by KO12
Losses6
Draws1
No contests1
 
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Mitch Green
Statistics
Real nameMitchell Green
Nickname(s)Blood
Rated atHeavyweight
Height6 feet 5 inches
NationalityAmerican
Born(1957-01-13) January 13, 1957 (age 57)
Augusta, Georgia, USA
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights27[1]
Wins19
Wins by KO12
Losses6
Draws1
No contests1

Mitch "Blood" Green (born January 13, 1957) is an American former boxer. He is best known because of a 1988 street fight with Mike Tyson.

Amateur career[edit]

As an amateur he won the New York Golden Gloves four times (1976, 1977, 1979, and 1980) and compiled a record of 64 wins and 7 losses, with 51 wins by knock-out. Green won the 1976 Sub-Novice Heavyweight Championship and the 1977, 1979 and 1980 Heavyweight Open Championships. Green defeated Anthony Zampelli to win the 1976 title. In 1977 Green defeated Guy Casale for the title. In 1979 Green defeated Ralph Fucci for the Championship and in 1980 Green defeated Merlin Castellanos for the title.He suffered a decisive cut loss in the 1978 tournament, preventing him from winning a fifth Golden Gloves title.

He was also a two-time Intercity Golden Gloves champion. In 1977 he won the title by KO in round one over Calvin Cross and again in 1979 by a decision over William Hosea.

Mitch lost against Russian boxing great Igor Vysotsky in a 1978 matchup, and was considered a prospect for the 1980 Olympic Games (held in Moscow), but the U.S. boycotted the event, and Green also lost to Marvis Frazier in the quarterfinals of the Olympic Trials that year. He did, however, in the finals of the Eastern Regionals, manage to beat perennial contender Woody Clark.

In amateur competition Green also lost bouts to future world champions Greg Page (boxer) and Tony Tubbs, though he did manage to beat Tubbs in the 1978 Sports Festival. Surprisingly, he also lost to future cruiserweight champion Alfonzo Ratliff in an 1980 New York-Chicago intercity matchup.

Green trained at the United Block Association Gym in New York City.

Pro career[edit]

As a professional "Blood" was one of NBC's "Tomorrow's Champions" and was ranked as high as #7 by the World Boxing Council, and also in the top ten by the World Boxing Association. Mitch was undefeated in his first sixteen bouts, which included a 1983 points win over the rugged Floyd "Jumbo" Cummings, and a draw with trialhorse Robert Evans. His first loss was a twelve round decision to future WBC champ Trevor Berbick in a bid for the United States Boxing Association title on August 10, 1985.

Tyson fight[edit]

After a comeback win over Percell Davis he lost a ten round decision to Mike Tyson in 1986 on HBO, in his most famous fight. In the build up to the fight Green had complained bitterly of the disparity in purses between him and Tyson when a day before the fight, Green learnt he was being paid $30,000 to Tyson's $200,000. He threatened to pull out of the contest and Green finally settled for being released from his managerial contract with King's stepson Carl in return for his short purse. Green put up a stubborn showing during the fight where Tyson was unable to hurt or put down Green, but did at one point knock out a gold tooth which landed in front of writer Phil Berger.

Green had been scheduled to box James "Bonecrusher" Smith in December 1986 on the undercard of the Tim Witherspoon-Tony Tubbs world heavyweight title fight. However when Tubbs dropped out claiming injury, Bonecrusher stepped in and won the title, leaving Green without a fight or payday.

Green refused to box for many years and was in frequent trouble with the law. He finally returned to the ring in February 1993, now aged 36, against journeyman Bruce Johnson. Again complaining about his purse and his new manager, Green refused to throw any punches and argued constantly with the referee, until the exasperated ref stopped the bizarre contest in the third.

Throughout the 1990s, "Blood" would sporadically come out of retirement, most notably in bids for the New York State heavyweight title, against fringe contenders Melvin Foster in 1994 and Brian Nix in 1998. A 1998 win over Mike Dixon was ruled a 'no contest' when Green tested positive for marijuana. A March 1996 contest with Shannon Briggs fell apart when Green pulled a gun on his manager.

Pro titles[edit]

Mitch was scheduled to fight James Broad for the NABF title in 1985, but dropped out of the fight for money reasons.

Late in his career, an aged Green held two spurious championships. He won the World Boxing Empire Super-Heavyweight Title with a twelve round decision over Danny Wofford on March 9, 2002, and was proclaimed the Universal Boxing Organization Heavyweight Champion on June 24, 2005. He never defended either title. His last fight was a fourth round knockout of Billy Mitchem on August 2, 2005.

Feud with Mike Tyson[edit]

Green is best known for his out-of-the-ring antics with Tyson. The high point was an incident that began in the early hours of August 23, 1988 in Harlem. Tyson was with his good friend David R. Stec. The pair were shopping at Dapper Dans, a Harlem clothing store. Green had heard that Tyson was in the area and went to track him down in hopes of securing a rematch. A scuffle ensued and Green allegedly threw a punch and Tyson responded with a straight right to Green's nose, requiring five stitches. Tyson broke his hand in the incident and had to postpone his fight with Frank Bruno. Later, although a New York jury awarded Green $45,000 in damages in a civil lawsuit against Tyson, the sum did not cover the legal fees.

Professional boxing record[edit]

19 Wins (12 knockouts, 7 decisions), 6 Losses (1 knockout, 5 decisions), 1 Draw, 1 No Contest [2]
ResultRecordOpponentTypeRoundDateLocationNotes
Win6-12-1United States Billy "Crowbar" MitchemKO408/02/2005Tennessee Memphis, Tennessee, United StatesMitchem knocked out at 2:14 of the fourth round.
Win17-94-2United States Danny WoffordUD1203/09/2002Virginia Annandale, Virginia, United StatesWBS World Super Heavyweight Title.
Loss8-2United States Brian "Big Man" NixUD1010/02/1998New York Staten Island, New York, United StatesNew York Heavyweight Title. 93-97, 94-97, 94-96.
Loss5-11-2Puerto Rico Miguel "Miggy" OteroUD809/12/1998Florida Lake Worth, Florida, United States
No Contest16-28United States Mike "The Duke" DixonNC807/25/1998Florida Lake Worth, Florida, United StatesUD for Green vacated.
Win7-9United States Lou TurchiarelliTKO608/18/1995New York Middletown, New York, United States
Loss14-0-1United States Melvin "Top Gun" FosterPTS1006/02/1994New York Melville, New York, United StatesNew York Heavyweight Title.
Loss8-22-1United States Bruce JohnsonTKO302/26/1993Virginia Woodbridge, Virginia, United StatesReferee stopped the bout due to Green's refusal to punch.
Loss20-0United States "Iron" Mike TysonUD1005/20/1986New York New York City, United States2-8, 1-9, 1-9.
Win13-3United States Percell "Magic" DavisUD1001/17/1986Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Loss28-4-1Canada Trevor BerbickUD1208/10/1985Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesUSBA Heavyweight Title.
Win10-2United States "Slammin" Sammy ScaffTKO608/31/1984Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesReferee stopped the bout at 1:41 of the sixth round.
Win14-7United States Young "Playboy" LouisTKO607/15/1984New York Kingston, New York, United States
Win2-7United States Lynwood JonesTKO103/21/1984Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesReferee stopped the bout at 0:48 of the first round.
Win14-28-2United States James DixonPTS1007/17/1983Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win15-3-1United States Floyd "Jumbo" CummingsUD1002/16/1983New Jersey East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Win2-2United States Lon Dale FriesenKO210/02/1982New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win8-13United States Grady DanielsUD808/14/1982Ohio Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Win17-9United States Walter SantemoreUD606/11/1982Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win3-1United States Walter WareTKO105/02/1982New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win0-3United States Willard DumasKO104/09/1982Ohio Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Win6-6United States Melvin EppsUD606/21/1981New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Draw4-2-2United States Robert EvansPTS602/08/1981New Jersey McAfee, New Jersey, United States
Win2-2United States Lindsay PageTKO201/22/1981New Jersey Totowa, New Jersey, United States
Win3-0United States Harold RiceTKO512/20/1980New York The Bronx, New York, United States
Win2-0United States Johnny PittsTKO311/25/1980Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win1-0United States Jerry FoleyTKO11/08/1980Nevada Stateline, Nevada, United StatesReferee stopped the bout at 1:44 of the first round.

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